VIDEO: Pittsburg man charged in connection with string of car fires in Contra Costa County

36-year-old James Bishop

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KRON) — A Pittsburg man has been arrested in connection to the string of car fires in Contra Costa County, officials announced Wednesday.

36-year-old James Bishop was arrested after his car was seen on surveillance.

The Contra Costa County District Attorney has charged Bishop with nine counts of arson to property, eight counts of use of an accelerant to set a fire and one count of arson to an inhabited structure.

Beginning in the first week of April, fire officials saw an increase in car fires.

36-year-old James Bishop

An investigation was launched when they noticed some similarities, like how an accelerant was used to start all the car fires.

Last week, the frequency of car fires spiked. There were seven within one week in cities like Walnut Creek and Lafayette.

During the investigation, an older Toyota RAV4 was identified through security video provided by home and businesses close to where the fires were set.

Deputies were able to identify Bishop as a suspect and take him into custody.

At this time, fire officials are investigating 30 or more incidents that could possibly be related.

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